By Josh Speer / September 10th, 2020
A recurring refrain for me is that I could never make my own videogames. At least from a programming perspective, I’d be overwhelmed. Sure, I can imagine and draw my own worlds, but there’s a wide gap between that and a finished, playable product. Which is why I’m always beyond impressed by one man (or woman) development teams. Today I’m writing about just that for a game called Guild of Darksteel. It’s being developed by Igor Sandman and published by Digerati. It’s a dark fantasy with combo attacks, eldritch horrors and 2D platforming.
Though it’s a bit til the Q1 2021 release window for Guild of Darksteel, you can actually try a demo on Steam today. In the meantime, you can learn more by reading the press release below. And be sure to check out that sweet trailer as well!
Guild of Darksteel – a new dark fantasy adventure coming to Switch, PS4, and Steam
Demo available now and for the duration of PAX X EGX online event
Sept 10, 2020 – Indie publisher Digerati is delighted to announce Guild of Darksteel, a dark fantasy adventure with an immersive story and beautiful pixel art. Developed by artist and one-man studio Igor Sandman, Guild of Darksteel will launch Q1 2021 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam.
A versatile artist with experience working across a broad range of creative mediums, and with nominations to his name for Best Art and Fresh Talent Prize from the Belgian Game Awards, Igor Sandman is the sole creator of Guild of Darksteel, having produced every aspect of it himself.
“The world of Guild of Daksteel is unforgiving: the rich exploit the poor, the strong trample the weak. It’s a world not unlike our own and ultimately, that is the story I need to tell,” Sandman says about his debut game. “Guild of Darksteel is a work of passion that took me years to complete, yet it will only be truly completed once you play it.”
Players can get an early hands-on with Guild of Darksteel courtesy of a Steam demo which has been released ahead of the upcoming PAX Online X EGX Digital festival. The demo is available now and will remain live for the duration of the festival.
About the game
Guild of Darksteel is a cinematic, side-scrolling adventure set in a lush, layered dark fantasy world.
Embark on a dark fantasy adventure and follow the Sellsword, an immortal, as he seeks a purpose in eternal life by joining the Guild of Darksteel. Become one of their immortal mercenaries and investigate the mysterious tunnels underneath the cities of Ravenrock.
- Engrossing Combat: Utilize a refined combat system to defeat anyone who stands in the way of your mission. Unlock combos and level them up to your liking. Chain your attacks together and determine a personal attack strategy that will guarantee your victory.
- A Living, Breathing World: Explore the fully-realized city of Ravenrock, and interact with its inhabitants. Each character carries a deep story, breathing life into the world of Guild of Darksteel. Friends of foes, their lives won’t leave you unmoved.
- A Deep and Nuanced Story: Inspired by classics like Flashback and Vagrant Story, Guild of Darksteel tells a gripping story of power struggle and soul searching, as its characters come face to face with their mortality… or lack thereof.
- Stunning Artistic Vision: The world of Guild of Darksteel is comprised of dark, yet evocatively detailed pixel art, and set against a foreboding and thought provoking soundtrack. A unique and daring color palette sets the perfect tone for your investigation of the darkness that lurks beneath Ravenrock.
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